When it comes to parties, everybody loves a good theme. The current trend? Rustic, of course! Although many people choose to use this nature-heavy theme in their weddings (rustic decor has become more popular than the traditional 'white wedding' in recent years), we figured why not think outside the box? Let's plan a baby shower riddled with rustic elements. However, we know that most expecting parents need to save up for the little one on the way -- so this rustic baby shower is going to be crafted on a budget.
- Table linens: The rustic theme is entirely centered on nature. Any subtle references to the great outdoors is sure to hit on that point with sophisticated precision. Cotton, one of Mother Nature's most versatile fibers, is a lightweight and affordable option for your table linens, although faux burlap tablecloths can also achieve the desired effect. The coarse fabric is tactile yet gentle, leaving a lasting memory in the minds of your guests.
- Napkins: Subtlety is key when it comes to rusticity, so you don't want to to confuse the theme by having simplistic, rustic tablecloths paired with extravagantly elegant napkins. Instead, look to nature to find better matched ideas; you could use wood in your napkin rings, or turn to other natural materials.
- Accents: Accents allow your creativity to truly shine. Consider wooden tree branch slabs as drink coasters, recycled straw baskets -- or even mason jars -- for goodie bags, and old picture frames as pin boards. Best of all, you can find most of these supplies at thrift stores and yard sales; be sure to keep your eyes peeled because you never know what you might stumble across! Last but not least, stop by your local farmer's market to pick up bouquets of fresh, in-season flowers to adorn each of your tables; the smell will be as wonderful as the blooms themselves.
With the right dedication and passion, your budget baby bash will be a hit. Though your new family member may not remember the occasion, your friends and family certainly will. So what are you waiting for? It's time to hit the local bargain bins and find everything you need to make your rustic celebration a reality.